When the novel coronavirus Covid-19 first hit the province of Wuhan, China, the world was thrown into a state of panic as authorities in Asia sprang into action to battle the pathogen. Unfortunately, even citizens staying home could not contain the virus to China, and quickly spread through infected travellers who returned home to other countries after leaving the infection’s original Ground Zero. Vegas Palms has taken a look at how the pandemic has impacted everyday life.
Mapping the Outbreak Online
Thanks to modern technology and a useful tool from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, we are now able to track the progress of the virus on a national and international level. The Coronavirus Covid-19 Global Cases Map is updated several times an hour, and boasts a zoomable map that pinpoints every confirmed case of Covid-19 on the planet.
The map’s data is collated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state- and country-level health authorities, the World Health Organisation, and other governmental agencies around the globe. At the current moment, the data available paints a grim picture about just how infectious and dangerous the virus can be among populations, particularly those with a large percentage of senior individuals.
Recent Infection Rates
At the time of writing of this article there was a total of 4.8 million cases of coronavirus confirmed internationally. Johns Hopkins’ map shows a tally of roughly 1.7 million recoveries to date, as well as 318,833 tragic deaths. The US currently has the highest death rate of Covid-19, followed by the UK and Italy.
The situation might seem dire, and there is no doubt that international economies will be hard hit as countries grapple with the financial effects of hospitalisations, lockdowns and slow work output. However, there is a silver lining. Researchers and scientists are currently hard at work on a vaccine for the virus, and the US Senate has just approved a $2 trillion coronavirus relief fund. The pandemic’s high recovery rate is also encouraging, and shows with the right proactive measures, the devastation caused by the pathogen can be effectively limited.
How to Protect Yourself
So, what power do the people have against this situation? The World Health Organisation advises you to know how the virus spreads, how to protect yourself against it, and what you should do if you suspect that you are infected.
According to the WHO, the best way to prevent infection is to prevent exposure. The virus spreads mainly from person to person, so it’s advisable to stay more than 6ft away from others. It is also spread through coughing, which is why so many people have begun wearing masks.
Officially sanctioned ways to protect yourself include regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds, especially after handling goods, touching people, going into public or sneezing and coughing. Use hand sanitisers containing 60% alcohol and keep your immune system healthy as much as possible. Also avoid close contact with others and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Last but definitely not least, if you suspect that you are infected, stay isolated at home and contact your government’s disease control centre as soon as possible for further instruction!